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Classic Uganda Primates & Wildlife Safari Holiday

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  • Drive from Entebbe through Uganda’s picturesque countryside to the southwestern region where primates freely roam.
  • Explore the ancient Kibale Forest jungle looking for a habituated chimpanzee troop and spend one unforgettable hour witnessing their antiques, social dynamics, and physics.
  • Take a golden game drive on the savannah plains and ride the Kazinga Channel to watch incredible wildlife game up close.
  • Spend two nights at the idyllic Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, nestled in trees and beautiful gardens on a ridge with incredible views over Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the rugged frontier region, and across the entire Virunga Mountains chain. The bush lodge has excellent guest services and a gourmet selection.
  • With the visitor center a five-minute walk away, trek into the impenetrable jungle with local guides and porters to meet a family of mountain gorillas and spend one precious hour observing their basic cultures.
  • Meet the native Batwa forest people, learn their dying cultures, listen to their tales, and dance to their tunes.

Detailed Itinerary

Spend eight wonderful days on this classic Uganda Primates & Wildlife Safari trip, trekking gorillas and chimpanzees, on game drives through beautiful savanna plains, and experiencing Ugandan cultures.

From Entebbe, pass through the beautiful town of Fort Portal, the Crater Lakes region, on your way to the Kibale Forest National Park, where you will track and spend some time watching the antiques of primates, including wild, intelligent and energetic chimpanzee troops. Enjoy the spectacular views of the rwenzori mountain on the way to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, where you will meet Africa’s big game animals and be intrigued by the agile tree-climbing lions.

Continue your journey to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where you’ll hike across the primeval jungle from Buhoma to Nkuringo via the Kashasha River trail and later trek the elusive, majestic, and endangered mountain gorillas. From the gorilla nation, fly back to Entebbe via Kisoro to tell the tales of Amazing Uganda.

Included/Exclude

  • Local English-speaking guides/driver
  • Accommodation & Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Land transport in 4x4 safari truck with fuel
  • Activities & excursions as shown in itinerary
  • AMREF evacuation cover, and government taxes
  • Tourist Visa (apply online at visas.immigration.go.ug)
  • Trekking permits & park fees (worth USD 1240 pp)
  • Return Flight (Entebbe-Kisoro) availability holds - 542 USD pp
  • Extra meals, snacks, gratuities, souvenirs, service tips
  • Travel Insurance

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Car Parking
Outdoor Seating
Reservations

Tour Plan

Our driver will pick you up from Entebbe International Airport (15 minutes) and check you in at your hotel within Entebbe. You'll meet with your trip specialist for a briefing just before dinner. Otherwise, there are optional activities around Entebbe for those who arrive early and want to stay active. For example, bird-watchers can visit the world-renowned botanical gardens or Mabamba swamps to meet the prehistoric shoebill. You can take a quiet walk to the local markets or shop at the modern malls. You'll stay at: Boutique Hotel Number 5 (Luxury) or Papyrus Guesthouse (Comfortable)
Enjoy an early breakfast, then journey to Western Uganda across the beautiful landscape of central Uganda with vast cultivated plains, banana plantations, and cattle farms. Briefly stopover en route at Mpambire and watch the making of traditional and local artefacts. The equator stop will be another excellent stop for a few Instagram moments. You’ll arrive in time for lunch at Rwakobo Rock Lodge. Rwakobo Rock Lodge is a wilderness retreat secluded on a rocky outcrop at the edge of Lake Mburo National Park’s northern border. The lodge provides private getaways in the locally-styled cottages dotted around a massive granite outcrop, with stunning views over the wilderness plains. After a hearty lunch at the lodge, take a game drive and meet resident favourites like buffalo, impala, zebra, eland, warthogs, and bushbuck. You can also take a one-hour boat safari to find crocodiles, hippos, and plenty of water birds or a horseback safari (not covered in the price.) Staying at: Rwakobo Rock (mid-range) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Enjoy an early morning game drive in the park, then continue to Western Uganda across its rolling hills, tea plantations, tropical rainforest, and towards the Virunga Volcanos majestic chain. You'll drive via Mbarara, Kabale towns before heading onto the 32-km countryside dirt road to Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Keep your eyes out on the rugged Tuscany-like landscapes: the views are to-die-for! On the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, on a magnificent ridge, sits Nkuringo Lodge’s ten luxurious cottages. The private cottages have a distinctive elegance and surprising luxury amid forest trees, flowers, and shrubs. Locally styled furnishings grace the spacious rooms, and light fills the space from your private viewing deck over the forest swath and beyond the entire Virunga Volcanoes chain. After settling in, take a stroll around the community, encounter local cultures, and visit the Batwa indigenous community who once occupied Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, now a UNESCO world heritage site and gorilla home. Staying at: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (packed), and Dinner.
Our travellers’ favourite and pioneer activity is hiking on the ancient walking trails through the mystic Bwindi jungle, from the Nkuringo south side to the Buhoma visitor centre in the north. At the gates of the forest, the surprised traveller will be forced to forget their city estimates of great and small, wise and foolish, and wrap themselves in the majestic beauties of the ancient jungle. For 4-5 hours, you’ll be guided by a local expert who’ll furnish you with ancient tales, and incredible forest knowledge and bring you close to being one with the forest trails. If you’re lucky, you’ll meet some wild forest inhabitants like chimps, forest elephants, duikers, forest buffalo, and more. At the other end of the walking trail, your driver will be ready to whisk you off through Ishasha savannahplains, where he’ll lazily drive for you to catch sight of the incredible tree-climbing lions. You’ll be at Kataara Lodge in time for dinner. Staying at: Katara Lodge (Mid-range) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Our travellers’ favourite and pioneer activity is hiking on the ancient walking trails through the mystic Bwindi jungle, from the Nkuringo south side to the Buhoma visitor centre in the north. At the gates of the forest, the surprised traveller will be forced to forget their city estimates of great and small, wise and foolish, and wrap themselves in the majestic beauties of the ancient jungle. For 4-5 hours, you’ll be guided by a local expert who’ll furnish you with ancient tales, and incredible forest knowledge and bring you close to being one with the forest trails. If you’re lucky, you’ll meet some wild forest inhabitants like chimps, forest elephants, duikers, forest buffalo, and more. At the other end of the walking trail, your driver will be ready to whisk you off through Ishasha savannahplains, where he’ll lazily drive for you to catch sight of the incredible tree-climbing lions. You’ll be at Kataara Lodge in time for dinner. Staying at: Katara Lodge (Mid-range) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Get chance to reach close to Africa safari’s big game players on an early morning or evening game drive and a boat safari on Kazinga Channel, famous for hosting the largest population of hippos. While on a game drive on Kasenyi tracks, you will encounter animals like enormous herds of elephants and buffalo. You’ll also spot many interesting antelope species such as Uganda kob, topi, and bushbuck. The giant forest hog is unusually easy to spot. Search around the Kasenyi tracks for the elusive leopard. On the Kazinga Channel boat safari trip that will set off at 14:00, you’re able to catch sight of elephants, buffalo, waterbuck, Uganda kob, and large hippo pods daily. Keep an eye open for the enormous water monitor lizard, which is common in the riverine scrub, as well as crocodiles. You’ll also see the giant forest hog, leopard, and lion. The odds of seeing predators and other nocturnal creatures coming to drink are highest in the late afternoon. After the boat launch, your Classic Uganda Primates & Wildlife Safari driver will hit highway with the Rwenzori Mountains backdrop and drive north to Kibale National Park, where you'll spend the next two nights, arriving just in time for dinner. You'll stay at: Turaco Treetops (Mid-range) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Packed), Dinner
Wake up early and be at the visitor centre by 7:30 am to embark on another primate viewing adventure in Kibale Forest. Kibale is commonly known for the diversity and density of primates in Africa. Its stands out as the best place to watch chimpanzees up-close in their natural setting, with over 1500 chimpanzees under the park’s rainforest canopy and a dozen other primate species. On your morning trek to find the chimps, it’s prevalent for other primates to cross your paths, like the rare L’Hoest’s monkey and red colobus monkey. Other primates you may encounter include the black & white colobus, red-tailed monkey, blue monkey, olive baboon, and grey-cheeked mangabey. However, your primary goal will be to find a troop of human-habituated chimpanzees. Guided by an expert tracker, you’ll head into the jungle in small groups, looking out for tale-tale signs of the chimp’s direction and listening for loud calls. The experience usually lasts 2 to 6 hours, depending on the location of the habituated chimpanzee troop. Visitors are allowed from 1 hr to almost the whole day with the chimpanzees, and the quality and intimacy of each sighting can vary highly You'll stay at: Turaco Treetops (Mid-range) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Packed), Dinner
After breakfast, lazily get your bags early in the morning. After breakfast, you’ll drive through the gorgeous Fort Portal country with the fading Rwenzori mountains escorting you out of western Uganda to Entebbe through Kampala. In Entebbe, you can use our facilities at Papyrus Guest House to freshen up for your international flight back home. Accommodation for this day is not included, though. But we can book you a room at your discretion. Accommodation (Optional): Papyrus Guesthouse Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (packed)

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